the belly button trick

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

colorful fun wedding bouquet

One of the questions I’m asked most during rehearsals or just before ceremonies by a bride or maid who wants to make sure she’s getting it just right is, “how should I hold my bouquet?”. Just remember the belly button rule: hold your bouquet lower than you think it should be — usually at or around your belly button. Bouquets look best carried lower than you think they should be!

photo by Jodi Miller Photography; bouquet designed by Courtney Spencer of Merriment Events

a family affair

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

purple wedding inspiration

I recently had the honor to design my sister-in-law’s wedding. It was such a joy to source so many locally-grown flowers and to work with such a pretty color palette. Nicole and Monty were married at home on a beautiful day in May, among an intimate group of family members. They exchanged vows in a service officiated by my mother-in-law, Monty’s mother, in their backyard. Afterward, we enjoyed a buffet of sweets — blackberry-vanilla cupcakes, lavender macarons, lavender and white cookies (a play on the classic black and white cookie), mini coconut cream pies and chocolate truffles topped with sugared pansies. Special thanks to Eleise Theuer for sharing these lovely photographs with us!

purple wedding inspiration

purple wedding inspiration

purple wedding inspiration

purple wedding inspiration

purple wedding inspiration

wedded in williamsburg

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

classic williamsburg wedding

classic williamsburg wedding

classic williamsburg wedding

classic williamsburg wedding

wren chapel

Just a few pictures courtesy my trusty iPhone of a classic wedding we had the pleasure of planning & designing for our clients who were married in April at The Wren Chapel. Following the ceremony, Cailin & James invited guests to celebrate in a clear top tent in the Oval Garden at The Williamsburg Inn. Janie Medley rocked the flowers, as usual!

artful wedding

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

pink orange wedding inspiration

orange-pink wedding inspiration

I had the pleasure of working with Janie Medley on her table for Artful Wedding, Richmond Bride’s annual event at VMFA, where Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty spoke this year. To read about all of the details, click over to Style Me Pretty LivingPhotography by Jodi Miller

 

Southern Weddings Volume 5

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

southern weddings magazine

We had such a great time working with Southern Weddings Magazine again, this time on a concept set at Tuckahoe Plantation in Richmond, using a classic palette of green and white accented by the palest blue. I can’t wait to show you more behind the scenes of this shoot (photographed by Katie Stoops), but for now, you can get your copy on newsstands or by ordering here.

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brass ornament d.i.y.

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

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Hi everyone! Happy to be back to share a quick and super easy project I did over the weekend. This project came to me in a flash when I saw some brass ornaments that I loved, but at $20+ per ornament the real things weren’t happening, so I created these ornaments as an alternative.

I found the plastic figurines and spray paint at Michael’s. The figurines range from $2 to $6. The gold spray paint is made by Design Master, and although $7-$8 a can for for spray paint seemed steep initially, it was absolutely worth it. I love the color gold it produces.

What you’ll need:

*plastic animals (I used this brand) that you can find at most craft stores

*screw eyes (I used these)

*primer (like kilz)

*gold spray paint (I used this brand — color 231 Gold Medal– found at Michael’s)

*electric drill and drill bit (I used a spade drill bit to start the hole because I had one on hand from carving pumpkins!)

To make the ornaments…

1. Drill hole for screw eye, then screw the screw eye into figurine.

2. Prime figurine with kilz. I tried the project first without priming, and found that the spray paint adheres much, much better with primer.

3. When primer coat is dry, spray with gold paint. Thread with ribbon, and you’re done!

These little animals will be decorating our tree this year, but they would also be so pretty tied on packages, as gifts or as wedding favors for a winter wedding. They’re so easy and lots of fun to make! Happy holidays!

The Hook’s Summer 2012 Wedding Special

Friday, July 20th, 2012

merriment events The Hook CharlottesvilleThanks so much to The Hook in Charlottesville (and especially to editor Stephanie Marie) for including me in the summer 2012 wedding special. You can flip to page 26 to read the full story. I’m honored to be included with such remarkable women! Thank you so much again, Stephanie!

father’s day d.i.y.

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

father's day d.i.y.

I had so much fun concepting and producing this project for Oh Joy, fun for father’s day and any summer party, really. Please go check it out! Thanks to Kaycee Deen Hopper for the pretty pictures! And thanks, of course, to Joy for having me again!

some recent work…

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

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“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!'”  ~Robin Williams

{bouquets by me!; photos by katie stoops)

happy mother’s day

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

I had fun creating this quick + easy Mother’s Day D.I.Y. for Oh Joy! Hope you’ll pop over and have a look!

mother's day d.i.y.

Happy Mother’s Day Mamas! xo

{photography by katie stoops}